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Catalyst: Chemical pollutants toxic to whales

Explore how chemical pollutants affect the Antarctic food web. A scientist shows that baleen whales are consuming Antarctic krill contaminated by accumulated residues of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from pesticides and industrial chemicals. Find out why these pollutants are concentrated at the Earth's polar regions.


A catch of krill

This is a colour photograph of a mass of krill that have been captured in the closed end (or codend) of a trawling net. Krill are small marine crustaceans with a pink shrimp-like appearance and prominent black eyes. They swim in large swarms in the water for protection. Antarctic krill ('Euphausia superba') are the species ...